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Ring in the new year with a healthy home. Basement Systems of West Virginia encourages you to have your home tested for radon.
Clarksburg, WV - December 29, 2014
Basement Systems of West Virginia would like to encourage homeowners to test their homes for radon during National Radon Action Month in January.
“The only way to know if radon is present is to have your home tested,” said Ricki Edwardson, President of Basement Systems of West Virginia and its subsidiary, Radon Systems of West Virginia. “Inexpensive do-it-yourself kits are available at home improvement and hardware stores, and a number of licensed companies throughout the state also offer testing services.”
Edwardson explained that radon is found everywhere, in varying levels. She said that radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that builds up as uranium and other soil particles decay. Buildings with elevated levels can have their radon issues mitigated with well-established venting techniques, she explained.
“While cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers,” she said. “Most people aren’t overly concerned about radon, but this naturally-occurring gas actually kills almost as many people as leukemia each year. People should have their homes tested, as elevated radon levels have been found in every area of West Virginia.”
For more information about radon, go to the EPA’s radon website (http://www.epa.gov/radon/).